Background and Research Interests
Marcia received her MS in Environmental Science from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her PhD at the University of Texas School of Public Health with focus on micronutrient intakes and their relationships with inflammation and cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes in U.S. adults. Marcia’s research interests are on the effects of different aspects of diet and diet quality on cardiovascular and metabolic health. Her current research projects include evaluating the effects of circulating fatty acids on cardiovascular disease incidence and progression, the development of novel metrics to characterize dietary diversity and quality and their relation to cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk in a multi-ethnic population, and the impact of dietary and metabolic risk factors on the burden of chronic diseases in Brazil.